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Officers who stopped Christchurch shooting suspect get award

Oct. 15, 2019 11:52 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The two New Zealand police officers who managed to arrest a man accused of killing 51 people at two mosques were given a bravery award on Wednesday. During the attack seven months ago, the officers rammed the suspect's car off the road in the city of Christchurch and dragged...

AP Explains: Streaming of German synagogue attack on Twitch

Oct. 10, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The attacker who killed two people in a shooting at a German synagogue livestreamed the assault on Twitch, a video service owned by Amazon. It was one of the first violent attacks streamed on the service, which is best known for letting people watch others play competitive video games....

Germany probes synagogue suspect, pledges better security

Oct. 10, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

HALLE, Germany (AP) — German investigators puzzled Thursday over how the suspect in a botched attack on a synagogue on Judaism's holiest day managed to amass at least 4 kilograms (nearly 9 pounds) of explosives and acquire four firearms, an arsenal they said he planned to use in a massacre. While many...

2 dead in attack targeting German synagogue on Yom Kippur

Oct. 9, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

HALLE, Germany (AP) — A heavily armed assailant ranting about Jews tried to force his way into a synagogue in Germany on Yom Kippur, Judaism's holiest day, then shot two people to death nearby in an attack Wednesday that was livestreamed on a popular gaming site. The attacker shot at the door of the...

AP Explains: Meet Twitch, Amazon's live-streaming video site

Oct. 9, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The attacker who killed two people in a shooting at a German synagogue live-streamed the assault on Twitch, a video service owned by Amazon. It was one of the first violent attacks streamed on the service, which is best known for letting people watch others play competitive video games....

'OK' hand gesture, 'Bowlcut' added to hate symbols database

Sep. 26, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The "OK" hand gesture, a mass killer's bowl-style haircut and an anthropomorphic moon wearing sunglasses are among 36 new entries in a Jewish civil rights group's online database of hate symbols used by white supremacists and other far-right extremists. The Anti-Defamation League...

New Zealand minister calls for investigation in dorm death

Sep. 25, 2019 2:27 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's education minister called Wednesday for an investigation after reports that a student's body lay undiscovered in a university dorm room for nearly eight weeks. Authorities have released few details of the incident at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch....

New independent watchdog to keep extremists off internet

Sep. 24, 2019 12:58 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The leaders of New Zealand and France are backing a watchdog organization aimed at keeping internet platforms from being used by extremists — and preparing speedy responses to future attacks. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday the Global Forum to Counter...

At UN, Trump focuses on religious freedom, not climate

Sep. 24, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump made his political priorities clear Monday within an hour of arriving at the United Nations for a three-day visit: He breezed by a major climate change summit to focus instead on religious persecution, an issue that resonates with his evangelical supporters. The...

Indictment made public for man charged in El Paso attack

Sep. 18, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Officials in Texas on Wednesday released the grand jury indictment filed last week against a man accused of killing 22 people at an El Paso Walmart last month. The one-page indictment against Patrick Crusius offers few new details but lists the names of the 22 victims who were killed...